NITDA has been mandated by the National Information Technology Development Act (2007) to establish Standards, Guidelines and frameworks for the development, standardization, and regulation of Information Technology practices in Nigeria.

The Agency’s role, therefore, is to develop Information technology in Nigeria through the use of regulatory instruments. As a regulatory Agency, NITDA is the clearinghouse for all Government Information Technology projects and infrastructural development in the country.

The instruments are designed to achieve the Information Technology policy objectives by providing frameworks within which to implement policies.

NITDA has published several instruments and monitors their compliance for the development of information technology in Nigeria. The instruments serve as a minimum benchmark in the development and implementation of information technology in Nigeria and enforceable by law.

The instruments are being reviewed frequently due to the dynamic nature of the IT environment and technology innovations.